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NEWS in Brief – 8/02/09

LCSO seeks info on rural burglaries

The Lawrence County Sheriff’s office is asking for information concerning a recent rash of residential burglaries in the Kitts Hill and Deering areas. The break-ins happen during the day and evening when the homeowners are not at home.

Small items, such as jewelry, power tools and guns, are being taken as they are easy to transport.

“If you notice any suspicious person, automobile or suspicious activity in your neighborhood, please contact the sheriff’s office and provide the description of the person, vehicle and activity you observe,” Sheriff Jeff Lawless said in a release. “You can call anonymously.”

Lawless urged homeowners to secure their home when leaving and ask trusted friends and neighbors to watch out for their homes while away.

Mosquito spraying

set for Wednesday

IRONTON — There will be mosquito spraying by Ohio Pest Control from 7-11 p.m. Wednesday in Ironton. If the weather prevents the spraying, it will be done the following Wednesday at the same time.

Anyone with respiratory problems should consider closing their windows and shutting off window air condition units until the fog has dissipated.

Ashland bridge ramp to be closed Aug. 10

COAL GROVE —Contractors for the Ohio Department of Transportation will close the exit ramp to the southbound 12th Street (Ben Williamson) Ashland, Kentucky Bridge for one night next month as part of the U.S. 52 resurfacing project in Lawrence County.

On Monday, August 10, the exit ramp from U.S. 52 to the bridge will be closed while crews from Shelly and Sands Incorporated perform milling and paving operations on the ramp. Weather permitting, the closure will be in effect from 7 p.m. Monday until approximately 6 a.m. Tuesday, August 11.

While the ramp is closed, motorists will be detoured via U.S. 52 East to the County Road 18/Solida Road exit at South Point, and then back to the bridge via U.S. 52 West.

Motorists are also reminded of the new temporary lane restrictions that are in effect on the northbound 13th Street (Simeon Willis) Bridge.

Currently, the northbound structure is reduced from two, left-turn lanes to a single left-turn lane in order to mitigate traffic into one westbound lane on U.S. 52. While the outside left-turn lane is closed, the inside left-turn lane and the (eastbound) right-turn lane from the bridge to U.S. 52 remain open.

These lane restrictions are anticipated to be in effect through mid-August.

Tiger Clan to meet at new schools

IRONTON — The Ironton Tiger Clan Booster Club will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the new Ironton Elementary building on Delaware Street.

The club will be touring the baseball and softball fields. Anyone interested in helping support Ironton athletics is encouraged to come.

CSX Transportation hosts Charity Ride

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — CSX Transportation, Inc. will co-sponsor the 1st Annual Charity Motorcycle Ride for the SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) Foundation Saturday, Aug. 22.

Registration begins at noon. Lunch will be provided.

Following lunch will be an approximate 2-hour ride returning to Ritter Park by 4 p.m.

Local riders will be joined by riders from Eastern Kentucky at Ritter Park (at the shelter located on 12th Street end of park) in Huntington, W.Va.

The goal is to raise money for SIDS Foundation

Food, refreshments and door prizes will be available.

The ride is “Poker-Run” style.

Cost is $10 per bike.

For more information, contact Lori J. Lyninger at (304) 522-5148 or Rodney Lovern at (606) 478-2864 or (606) 791-7179.

Outdoor movie gets moved to Aug. 7

ASHLAND, Ky. — The outdoor movie “Superman” that had been scheduled to be shown at Boyd County Public Library July 31 has been rescheduled, because of the recent rains.

The ground where people must sit to watch the movie is saturated and not expected to dry out by this evening. “Superman” will be shown next Friday, Aug. 7. In case of more bad weather next week, the film will be shown in conjunction with the Aug. 28 feature, “Grease.”

The outdoor movies are part of the Library’s Pictures in the Park series, which takes place the last Friday of each month, through October. The outdoor movies take place just adjacent to the Reading Garden at the Main Branch, 1740 Central Ave. Admission to all library movies is free. Some refreshments are provided, and additional snacks can be purchased for a small cost. Those who come need to bring their own blanket and/or chairs.

Outside groups can host movie showings at the library, using the library’s license. For more information, call Amanda Clark at (606) 329-0518, ext. 1140.

For a full movie schedule, visit www.thebookplace.org

Computer training scheduled at SSU 

PORTSMOUTH — Shawnee State University is offering beginning classes to advanced classes in Word beginning Tuesday, Aug. 18. Basic to Advanced Excel classes begin on Aug. 25. Basic Access begins on Aug. 14 and a basic and intermediate class on PowerPoint begins on Wednesday, Aug. 12.

Two sessions of each class are offered on different dates at a cost of $59 per class.

A Computer Basics and File Management class is offered from 9 a.m. to noon on Aug. 14 or Sept. 4.

It covers an introduction to computer terminology, software, hardware and components.

For more information or to register, call (740) 351-3171 or toll free at (866) 672-8778 or e-mail twalters@shawnee.edu. Shawnee State offers a 20 percent discount to anyone 60 years of age or older.